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Finding Our Talk

Every fourteen days a language dies. By the year 2100 more than half of the world's languages will disappear. These are tough statistics, but it doesn't have to be that way. Indigenous people everywhere are fighting to beat the odds. Were discovering and sharing their successes by focusing on and celebrating the many individuals, communities and organizations that are reclaiming their language, and along with it, their culture, their stories and often, their very existence as a people. Finding Our Talk One examines the state of Aboriginal languages within Canada and celebrates the many individuals, communities and organizations that are reclaiming their language, culture, stories and often, their very existence as a people.

  • Chitimacha
    Wednesday, December 19
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    The Chitimacha Nation of Charenton, Louisiana partners with Rosetta Stone, a language learning software company, to create teaching aids for a language that has no fluent speakers. Piecing together the language from old, wax cylinder recordings, this 1,000 member strong community is relying on its determination and thriving cultural identity to awaken the Chitimacha language from its long slumber.
  • Maya
    Thursday, December 20
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    The Mayan people and their languages have survived and even thrived despite brutal conquest, book burnings and civil war in Guatemala. Today's Mayans fight for the right to have education and government services in their own language, in one of the few countries where the majority of the population is indigenous to the land.
  • Sami
    Friday, December 21
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    The reindeer herding culture and language of Norway's Sami people still thrives in the far north despite past government policies of assimilation. From a Sami language theatre company and a children's radio program to a band taking a contemporary twist on the Sami musical tradition of yoiking, today's Sami are incorporating their culture and language into their daily lives.
  • Hawaii
    Monday, December 24
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    The once banned Hawaiian language is now the only indigenous language officially recognized by any state in the United States. This recognition paved the way for a complete education in the Hawaiian language. From early childhood education to post-graduate studies, Hawaiians may choose to complete their full education in the Hawaiian language.
  • Words in the Air
    Wednesday, December 26
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Traditional storytelling finds a new voice on the airwaves thanks to indigenous broadcasters in New Zealand, Australia and Canada. Bilingual young directors, producers and presenters who speak their languages are working and thriving in all three countries that have their own indigenous broadcasting systems.
  • Bolivia
    Thursday, December 27
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Bolivia's Aymara youth are showing new pride in their culture by creating and singing songs in their own language. From the country's first Aymara president, Evo Morles, to it?s first Aymara Chancellor, the voice of the Aymara people is being heard around the country.
  • Dancing with Language
    Friday, December 28
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    In the early days of talkies, film was used to capture the culture and languages of indigenous peoples who were thought to be on the brink of extinction. Not anymore. Today indigenous filmmakers, actors and directors, are using the medium to tell their own stories, in their own way, in their own languages.
  • New Zealand Language Nests
    Monday, December 31
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Language nests, an immersive program for babies and young children started in the 1980s have renewed the Maori people's pride in their history, language, and culture. Key to the program's success is the involvement of the family and most importantly the grandparents.
  • Language Among The Skywalkers: Mohawk
    Wednesday, January 2
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This is the story of the legendary Mohawk ironworkers, and of new approaches to language instruction for both adults and children within the contemporary community of Kahnawake.
  • Cree
    Thursday, January 3
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This episode will trace the history of the very successful Cree Language Immersion Program, developed and implemented in schools in the Cree communities of Northern Quebec.
  • Algonquin
    Friday, January 4
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    George and Maggie Wabanonick take a group of teens to the woods to initiate them in their traditional culture and language. In the classroom, the kids and teachers struggle with their Algonquin lessons, while the pop group Anishnabe give the language new life.
  • Inuktitut
    Monday, January 7
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    At a language conference in Puvirnituq, we witness efforts to keep Inuktitut alive and up-to-date, largely through the knowledge and commitment of elders.
  • Attikamekw, Innu
    Tuesday, January 8
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Karin Awashish, a young radio journalist working at SOCAM, makes a trip to her home.
  • Anishinabe
    Wednesday, January 9
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This episode focuses on Isadore Toulouse's weekly trajectory to four different urban-based schools where we witness first-hand, and with raw immediacy, his efforts to pass on his own enthusiasm and passion for the Ojibwe language.
  • Michif
    Thursday, January 10
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    In this episode, we enter the fascinating and complex world of a language considered by some to be unique in the world - Michif - the language of the Metis of Canada and the US. We meet some of the movers and shakers working politically and through the education system to have Michif recognized as the official language of the Me tis, as well as those whose passion and dedication are evidenced at the grass-roots level.
  • Saulteaux
    Friday, January 11
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This episode follows the work of a virtually self-taught, highly motivated language teacher. Stella Ketchemonia has devoted her life to teaching the Saulteaux language. She is now a member of the dynamic staff of the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College.
  • Breaking New Ground: Mi'kmaw
    Monday, January 14
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This episode looks at two projects: a pilot to have Mi'kmaw adopted as an official second language in high school curriculum and Mi'kmaw as the language of instruction for a university level science program.
  • A Silent Language: Huron, Wendat
    Tuesday, January 15
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    The Huron language today survives primarily in hymns, religious texts, dictionaries and turn-of-the-century wax recordings - it is, to all extents and purposes, an extinct language. This episode looks at the historical roots of the language's demise, present-day efforts to rekindle it in spoken form, and the cultural significance and implications of language as a ceremonial artifact.
  • The Power of One: Innu
    Wednesday, January 16
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Florent Vollant is a dynamic Innu singer-songwriter, one-half of the internationally acclaimed Native pop duo KASHTIN. In Montreal and his home community of Maliotenam, we follow Florent on his musical campaign to inspire Innu youth with the passion and concern he feels for his language.
  • Syllabics: Capturing The Language: Cree
    Thursday, January 17
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    In this episode, we look at the historical development and contemporary applications of syllabic writing systems among Native languages in Canada. Though conceived by missionaries and used by them to aid in bringing Christianity to the North, syllabics went on to play an important part in the spread of literacy through aboriginal communities and continue to evolve in this direction today.
  • A Remarkable Legacy: Saanich
    Friday, January 18
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This episode tells the story of Dave Elliott, a Saanich fisherman who almost single-handedly resurrected the dying language of his people - Sencofen - by creating an alphabet system, recording the elders and developing a language curriculum for local schools. Though Dave Elliott passed away in 1985, his remarkable legacy lives on in the efforts of his son John and daughter Linda, teachers and language activists who are pioneering innovative computer programs and materials for teaching the Sencofen language.
  • A Brighter Future: Mohawk
    Monday, January 21
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    The focus of this episode looks at the young people of both Kanehsatake and Kahnawake, two Mohawk communities located in Quebec. These communities have been instrumental in providing Mohawk immersion programs within their communities for a number of years. Students who attended these schools currently or in the past are the focus of this episode. We look at how the Mohawk language, Kanien'k'ha plays in the life of these young people today.
  • Gentle Words: Maliseet
    Tuesday, January 22
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This episode examines the efforts and the importance of community involvement in maintaining and reviving culture and language. Imelda Perley a teacher and Maliseet speaker has committed much of her time and knowledge to the people of St. Mary's, Kingclear and Tobique N.B.
  • The Spirit of Stories: Ojibway
    Wednesday, January 23
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    According to ancient Anishnabe legend, the Great Spirit wished for an Island retreat, so he created Manitou Minissing, or Island of the Spirits. Today it's known as Manitoulin Island. This is a sacred place where by tradition, the greatest leaders and warriors, medicine men and women, were buried.
  • Language of the North: Naskapi
    Thursday, January 24
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This episode deals with the how the Naskapi Development Corporation has spearheaded the promotion of the Naskapi language, history and culture. They are currently involved with projects such as computerization of the Naskapi Lexicon and a Naskapi language translation of the Bible.
  • Language of the Caribou People: Gwitchin
    Friday, January 25
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This episode is about the Gwitchin people of Old Crow, Yukon and their plight to save their culture and language through their efforts to protect the Porcupine Caribou Herd, which is vital to the Gwitchin way of life. Every year 75 or more members of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation also known as the 'Caribou People' travel from Old Crow, Yukon to Porcupine River where they wait for the herd of caribou.
  • Secwepemc (Shuswap)
    Monday, January 28
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This episode will examine how effectively a full language immersion program can save a dying language. We will show how a 'Nursery Program' grew to become a high school. We will also take a look at two influential people who have worked hard studying, writing and teaching the language, and about their own struggles trying to press the importance of language to their own children.
  • Dakota
    Tuesday, January 29
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Originally occupying a region in today's Minnesota were the Dakota, who were also called the Santee Sioux, They grew into three main groups: The Lakota, the Nakota and the Dakota whose languages are the same but with a different dialect. The Dakota are the largest of the three and are considered the mother group.
  • Healing Power of Words: Dene
    Wednesday, January 30
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This episode will look at how residential schools played a role in the destruction of Aboriginal languages in Canada. It will focus on three former residential school students who are reclaiming and using aboriginal languages as a healing component when dealing with their own personal experiences and in helping others overcome the legacy of the residential schools.
  • Oneida
    Thursday, January 31
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    In this episode we will examine the efforts of one community to revive their language and culture. One, an immersion centre with a "hands-on, healing-first" philosophy. The other, an unlicensed radio station which focuses on the Oneida language and Native American music rather than mainstream top 40.
  • Words from Our Scholars: Cree
    Friday, February 1
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Indigenous/Native Studies is a rapidly growing field and it is hoped that all communities, native and non-native, could benefit from their contributions and research. In this episode we talk to First Nation scholars about how they apply Aboriginal languages in their fields of study through research and curriculum development.

 

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  • Australia
    Tuesday, December 18
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    In the last two hundred years, Australia has suffered the largest and most rapid loss of languages known to history. In Nambucca Heads, the Guymbaynggirr people work to revive a near extinct language, while in Alice Springs vibrant languages learned at home are struggling to survive government policies and cultural prejudices.
  • Ktunaxa
    Monday, December 17
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Can the 'wired teepee' help save the Ktunaxa language in the Kootenays? The Ktunaxa people are going to find out thanks to a number of technology initiatives taking place in their community. From the First Voices project to the seven million dollar fiber optics network, to a young woman recording her great aunt for the virtual language curriculum and kids listening on their iPods in the school yard, the community is doing everything it can to preserve and share a language that only has twenty-four remaining speakers.
  • Abenaki
    Friday, December 14
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    The Abenaki language has managed to survive the past several generations with only one speaker like C'cile Wawanolett or Monique Nolett-Ille teaching a handful of students in Odanak or the eastern United States. Today their students Philippe Charland and Brent Reader maintain the thin lifeline to this endangered language.
  • Mi'gmaq
    Thursday, December 13
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Listuguj, Quebec is a Mi'gmaq community that lost touch with its language and values as it gained economic prosperity. The Listuguj Education Directorate wants to reintroduce the language into all aspects of community life. They're taking advantage of two powerful language tools. One important tool is a unique picture based teaching method that's made language learning as fun as being a child again. But the most important language resource is still the support of dedicated elders like John Isaac.
  • Anishnabe
    Wednesday, December 12
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Rapid Lake, an Algonquin community where most people still speak Anishnabe, is divided between the traditionalists and the federally appointed band council. In the neighbouring community of Kiticiaskik, which has always refused reserve status, a young videographer uses his skills to revive culture and language.
  • The Dreamers: Dane-Zaa
    Tuesday, December 11
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This episode examines how tradition is sustained orally and through personal contact. The Dane-Zaa people believe that story telling is more than just entertainment, it is important information that is being communicated from one person to another and from one generation to another. We also take a look at the process of relating old language by way of recordings and multi-media.
  • Cultural Centres and Language
    Monday, December 10
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    We look at the important role that the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre has played in strengthening cultural awareness and in establishing several educational institutions in Saskatchewan. We also visit the Tsi Ronteriwanonhnha language centre in Kanestake, Quebec whose doors remain open in the face of serious funding cutbacks.
  • Words from Our Elders: Blackfoot
    Friday, December 7
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This episode will focus on the words of the elders and what they can teach to the younger generation about their language and culture. The Kainai Board of Education in Standoff, Blood Reserve, Alberta uses stories from the elders in their school curriculum.
  • Words from Our Scholars: Cree
    Thursday, December 6
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Indigenous/Native Studies is a rapidly growing field and it is hoped that all communities, native and non-native, could benefit from their contributions and research. In this episode we talk to First Nation scholars about how they apply Aboriginal languages in their fields of study through research and curriculum development.
  • Oneida
    Wednesday, December 5
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    In this episode we will examine the efforts of one community to revive their language and culture. One, an immersion centre with a "hands-on, healing-first" philosophy. The other, an unlicensed radio station which focuses on the Oneida language and Native American music rather than mainstream top 40.
  • Healing Power of Words: Dene
    Tuesday, December 4
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This episode will look at how residential schools played a role in the destruction of Aboriginal languages in Canada. It will focus on three former residential school students who are reclaiming and using aboriginal languages as a healing component when dealing with their own personal experiences and in helping others overcome the legacy of the residential schools.
  • Dakota
    Monday, December 3
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Originally occupying a region in today's Minnesota were the Dakota, who were also called the Santee Sioux, They grew into three main groups: The Lakota, the Nakota and the Dakota whose languages are the same but with a different dialect. The Dakota are the largest of the three and are considered the mother group.
  • Secwepemc (Shuswap)
    Friday, November 30
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This episode will examine how effectively a full language immersion program can save a dying language. We will show how a 'Nursery Program' grew to become a high school. We will also take a look at two influential people who have worked hard studying, writing and teaching the language, and about their own struggles trying to press the importance of language to their own children.
  • Language of the Caribou People: Gwitchin
    Thursday, November 29
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This episode is about the Gwitchin people of Old Crow, Yukon and their plight to save their culture and language through their efforts to protect the Porcupine Caribou Herd, which is vital to the Gwitchin way of life. Every year 75 or more members of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation also known as the 'Caribou People' travel from Old Crow, Yukon to Porcupine River where they wait for the herd of caribou.
  • Language of the North: Naskapi
    Wednesday, November 28
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This episode deals with the how the Naskapi Development Corporation has spearheaded the promotion of the Naskapi language, history and culture. They are currently involved with projects such as computerization of the Naskapi Lexicon and a Naskapi language translation of the Bible.
  • The Spirit of Stories: Ojibway
    Tuesday, November 27
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    According to ancient Anishnabe legend, the Great Spirit wished for an Island retreat, so he created Manitou Minissing, or Island of the Spirits. Today it's known as Manitoulin Island. This is a sacred place where by tradition, the greatest leaders and warriors, medicine men and women, were buried.
  • Gentle Words: Maliseet
    Monday, November 26
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This episode examines the efforts and the importance of community involvement in maintaining and reviving culture and language. Imelda Perley a teacher and Maliseet speaker has committed much of her time and knowledge to the people of St. Mary's, Kingclear and Tobique N.B.
  • A Brighter Future: Mohawk
    Friday, November 23
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    The focus of this episode looks at the young people of both Kanehsatake and Kahnawake, two Mohawk communities located in Quebec. These communities have been instrumental in providing Mohawk immersion programs within their communities for a number of years. Students who attended these schools currently or in the past are the focus of this episode. We look at how the Mohawk language, Kanien'k'ha plays in the life of these young people today.
  • Syllabics: Capturing The Language: Cree
    Wednesday, November 21
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    In this episode, we look at the historical development and contemporary applications of syllabic writing systems among Native languages in Canada. Though conceived by missionaries and used by them to aid in bringing Christianity to the North, syllabics went on to play an important part in the spread of literacy through aboriginal communities and continue to evolve in this direction today.
  • The Power of One: Innu
    Tuesday, November 20
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Florent Vollant is a dynamic Innu singer-songwriter, one-half of the internationally acclaimed Native pop duo KASHTIN. In Montreal and his home community of Maliotenam, we follow Florent on his musical campaign to inspire Innu youth with the passion and concern he feels for his language.
  • A Silent Language: Huron, Wendat
    Monday, November 19
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    The Huron language today survives primarily in hymns, religious texts, dictionaries and turn-of-the-century wax recordings - it is, to all extents and purposes, an extinct language. This episode looks at the historical roots of the language's demise, present-day efforts to rekindle it in spoken form, and the cultural significance and implications of language as a ceremonial artifact.
  • Breaking New Ground: Mi'kmaw
    Friday, November 16
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This episode looks at two projects: a pilot to have Mi'kmaw adopted as an official second language in high school curriculum and Mi'kmaw as the language of instruction for a university level science program.
  • Saulteaux
    Thursday, November 15
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This episode follows the work of a virtually self-taught, highly motivated language teacher. Stella Ketchemonia has devoted her life to teaching the Saulteaux language. She is now a member of the dynamic staff of the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College.
  • Michif
    Wednesday, November 14
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    In this episode, we enter the fascinating and complex world of a language considered by some to be unique in the world - Michif - the language of the Metis of Canada and the US. We meet some of the movers and shakers working politically and through the education system to have Michif recognized as the official language of the Me tis, as well as those whose passion and dedication are evidenced at the grass-roots level.
  • Anishinabe
    Tuesday, November 13
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This episode focuses on Isadore Toulouse's weekly trajectory to four different urban-based schools where we witness first-hand, and with raw immediacy, his efforts to pass on his own enthusiasm and passion for the Ojibwe language.
  • Attikamekw, Innu
    Monday, November 12
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Karin Awashish, a young radio journalist working at SOCAM, makes a trip to her home.
  • Inuktitut
    Friday, November 9
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    At a language conference in Puvirnituq, we witness efforts to keep Inuktitut alive and up-to-date, largely through the knowledge and commitment of elders.
  • Algonquin
    Thursday, November 8
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    George and Maggie Wabanonick take a group of teens to the woods to initiate them in their traditional culture and language. In the classroom, the kids and teachers struggle with their Algonquin lessons, while the pop group Anishnabe give the language new life.
  • Cree
    Wednesday, November 7
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This episode will trace the history of the very successful Cree Language Immersion Program, developed and implemented in schools in the Cree communities of Northern Quebec.
  • Language Among The Skywalkers: Mohawk
    Tuesday, November 6
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    This is the story of the legendary Mohawk ironworkers, and of new approaches to language instruction for both adults and children within the contemporary community of Kahnawake.
  • New Zealand Language Nests
    Monday, November 5
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Language nests, an immersive program for babies and young children started in the 1980s have renewed the Maori people's pride in their history, language, and culture. Key to the program's success is the involvement of the family and most importantly the grandparents.
  • Dancing with Language
    Friday, November 2
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    In the early days of talkies, film was used to capture the culture and languages of indigenous peoples who were thought to be on the brink of extinction. Not anymore. Today indigenous filmmakers, actors and directors, are using the medium to tell their own stories, in their own way, in their own languages.
  • New Zealand Language Nests
    Thursday, November 1
    11:00 am on FNX 9.3
    Language nests, an immersive program for babies and young children started in the 1980s have renewed the Maori people's pride in their history, language, and culture. Key to the program's success is the involvement of the family and most importantly the grandparents.